The second day of shooting began with two of my teammates and I hiking down the trail from the parking lot to the channel where Joe met us with the ferry. We spent several hours interviewing Joe and learning about his background, how he came to be the club's caretaker, and what it was like to live on a small island in the middle of the Potomac river. We had a really interesting morning and we can't wait to share our experiences with everyone by way of the documentary film we are making. Now, it's off to transcode and log all the footage we shot today.
The Sycamore Island Club is a private outdoors club located on one of the islands in the Potomac River. It's caretaker, Joe Hage - who lives on the island year round - is the subject of our documentary short. I spent the better part of today photographing the island in all its snowy splendor and getting b-roll of Joe. Had a great time chasing geese, recording the sounds of nature, slogging through the mud, and ... grin ... getting scrutinized by blackhawk helicopters when I pointed the camera in the wrong direction: the CIA has an installation on the other side of the river.
Today was the first day of the G.I. - as in GI-Joe, not Gastro-Intestinal - Film Festival (GIFF). I attended a Filmmaker's bootcamp discussion panel earlier that included industry professionals. Among them was Michael Dorn (Star Trek the Next Generation's Mr. Worf) - If I'd have met him on the street I would have never identified him. Then I had a late lunch in the studio commissary and walked around the lot. I couldn''t go in buildings where they are actually filming, but it was still pretty cool. I'm really terrible at identifying celebrities - so I don't try.
Jason Sturm had a life and career planned in the US military, but everything changed when a combat training accident took his leg. Finding community and rehabilitation in the extreme-intensity world of Crossfit training, Raising the Bar follows Jason as he pursues his dream of going back to school, opening his own gym, and shaping a life committed to helping other adaptive athletes regain fitness and health.
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